Originally Posted by RULINGCHAOS
My apologies if this has been answered already, but I'm using tapatalk and it does not allow me to search within a thread.
I have the 3 series of this mobo. Are there any big advantages of using an upgraded sound card? I don't plan on doing anything more than listening to high quality audio.
The Realtek ALC889 that this board uses is actually a decent audio chip. With updated drivers from realtek I've been very pleased...
With that said however, you need to consider your listening preference. Are you going to be using headphones, self powered speakers, or piping to a receiver?.
I'd say for headphone playback I've heard better. That's not to say its bad, maybe invest in a decent Headphone amp.
I have am old set of Logitech X-540 speakers I use with my machine. And these sound flat amazing with the onboard sound. Turn Dolby on the game setting and was amazed.
And when it comes to piping to a receiver, this card will send any codec you would want to.